I poured a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date. It cost $2.19 ($0.13 per ounce).
Appearance: Deep mahogany/ruby red/near black hue. Forms a large, tan, frothy head which laces and retains really well.
Smell: Confectionery notes of liquid toffee and scorched caramel. A subtle, but noticeable alcohol presence as well.
Taste: Black Boss Porter is a hidden gem in beer stores across the
nation. This is an authentic Old World style Baltic Porter that’s very
flavorful, remarkably drinkable, and is priced dirt cheap. We sometimes
forget (or just plain don’t know) how good obscure beers from obscure
countries can be.
Baltic Porters have a certain quality to them that makes them stand out
from other strong porter and imperial stouts. The flavor is akin to a
beefy brown ale with a rich toffee and peanut brittle taste. Caramel is
also noticeable, but not quite as prominent. Usually, beers this big
tend to be quite hoppy for balance, though I wouldn’t say this one is
noticeably bitter. The alcohol seems to override what hop character
there may be, imparting some heat, but also some sweet, liqueur-like
flavors of dark cherry and chocolate. What’s also interesting is that
the aftertaste is quite clean and in no way cloying. I definitely
recommend this as a great example (perhaps the best example) of the
Drinkability: As if the taste to Black Boss Porter wasn’t good enough,
the delivery is what seals the deal. The mouthfeel is calm, soft, tepid,
and thick but in no way sticky. It goes down silky smooth, in fact,
it’s difficult to sip (as it probably should be). The 9.4% ABV does make
itself known as it imparts some gentle warmth throughout the swig. You
could call it a tad distracting, but it’s in no way annoying.